Thursday, April 10, 2008

Films I Never Finished

MOVIE REVIEW' Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 

   I am not a critical movie viewer.  In my long life of watching movies I remember walking out of only one because I was bored to the point where I no longer cared what happens to the protagonist.

   I have quit many books for that reason  One being One Hundred Years of Solitude. I just didn't give a tinker what happened to the main character, so I quit. But I didn't quit the movie for that reason.

   I am as inept with the TV remote as I am with the computer mouse or the cell phone or the digital camera.  I was watching the pay movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.  About half way into the movie I put it on PAUSE to answer a call of nature.  But I must have pushed the wrong button. When I tried to restart...I could not access the movie again. 

   I used the on screen menu and restarted the movie, thus incurring another $5.00 fee.  But I couldn't fast forward to the spot where I left off..remember I am inept with the controls.  So I abandoned the movie and watched Law and Order or some such TV offering.

   I thought about calling the Comcast company and getting the extra five dollars removed from my bill, and having them re-start Mr. Megorium for me, but then I considered the story.

   First" It is a story within a story within a story.  A commentator is telling about Eric, a character, who is telling a story about Mr. Megorium.  That is a bit much to follow.

   Then the story about Mr. Megorium takes a weird turn.  He goes to the hospital and we get a glimpse of Megorium as a "real" person who merely has delusions about the magic of his store, and his miraculous age, 243. So, if the magic store is a delusion, that makes it a delusion within a story within a story within a story.  Follow that? Nor I.

   So if the store is not "real", then the "magic" is not magic, and there is no point to the fantasy at all.  Do I make myself clear? Not to myself either.

   I would be better off watching a Law and Order rerun.  They, at least, admit that their stories are "not based on any real cases, past or present".

   I guess I will abandon Mr. Megorium and deal with the $5.00 over-charge when the bill comes.  I think I should only owe $2.50 anyway, for half a movie.


garnett109 said...

yep to much to follow

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